One of the benefits of being in a different classroom four years in a row is that you get rid of a lot of stuff. And a huge benefit of thinking you’re going to quit teaching and move 1200 miles away is that you really, really get rid of a lot of stuff. So I’ve got a head start on Week 3 of the Clutter-Free Classroom Challenge!
So when that plan crashes and burns, you start over much lighter. In fact, when I moved into my classroom last spring, I found I couldn’t even fill up all the cupboards and closet shelves. Cool beans!
One area that has been out of control for months now is my desk. I love pens. And pencils. And office supplies. Thank you cards. Sticky notes – oh man. My desk was definitely the first on my clutter “hit list”. Unfortunately, I was so excited to dive in, I never took any before pics of my desk drawers. S0 you’ll have to take my word for it that finding things was challenging.
Purging was actually quite fun. I set my bins up, dragged my trash can over, set my class recycling bin nearby, and went at it. Most papers went in the recycling bin. Seems when I can’t find something in a pile, I just make or get a new copy. Not exactly a very environmentally friendly habit, I know. I waited until the kids were gone for the day to discard the Valentine’s Day suckers, cards, and sundry candy. Except the box of chocolates. I ate those. I mean, c’mon. I did pretty much fill the Keep bin, but half of that was put away in other parts of the room.
A handful of items went in the small Donate bin. As I said, I did some major purging several times in the past four years. Empty Coke bottles, water bottles, broken rubber bands and the like went into the trash can. I kept going until the desk was completely empty. And of course, I took absolutely NO PICTURES!! I’ll get better at this before and after thing, I promise.
The next morning, when my class came in, one of my girls asked me, “Mrs. Clark, are you moving away?” She was relieved to learn I was only cleaning. Obviously something they’re not used to seeing!